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Naming America’s Own Genocide

This spring, the US Congress passed a unanimous resolution condemning ISIS for its genocide against Yazidis, Christians, and Shiites. “Naming these …

International Criminal Court

When you’re sleeping, how much does your brain pay attention to the outside world?

<i>By guest blogger</i> Daniel BorWhen I was 13, I once dreamt that a beautiful woman was sensuously stroking the palm of my hand, as a family of fridges …

The Brain

What Makes Risk Takers Tempt Fate?

Recent research suggests that genetic, environmental, and personal factors can make people take on risky—even potentially fatal—challenges.<p>Moments before hurling herself off a thousand-foot cliff, professional climber, wingsuiter and BASE jumper Steph Davis feels a surge of fear and excitement. Her …

Signs of pure altruism converge in the brain and increase with age - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

EUGENE, Ore. — Aug. 15, 2016 – Combining insights from psychology, behavioral economics and neuroscience, University of Oregon researchers have found …

The movement to bring back ‘risky’ play for children

Courtney Horowitz knows why other parents give her side-eye at the park.<p>Her son, Rory, is nearly two years old but thinks he’s 12, says Horowitz, a social worker who lives in Guelph, Ont.<p>“We let him run like a demon child at the park,” she says.<p>“He will inevitably bypass all of the little slides …

Nonprofits

Talk Therapy Advice | Should Changes Last?

Should the Changes You Make in Therapy Last?<p><i>Most people go to therapy because something hurts them. In essence, they go to feel better. For many</i> …

Grand Canyon

More on Emotional Intelligence and Bombs

My latest post, a discussion and review of "The Hurt Locker" spotlighted emotional intelligence, specifically the psychological ability to mind-read …

Psychology

Healthy Fats: What You Need To Know About Dietary Fats

Even though the low-fat food craze is long over, many people still fear fat.<p>"Fat = Bad" is ingrained in our minds, despite clear evidence that a …

From Broiled Feta To Falafel: 7 Mediterranean Mezze Recipes

Mezze are small dishes usually served as starters. But from Falafel to Broiled Feta with Garlicky Cherry Tomatoes and Capers, any of these recipes can be combined to make an unforgettable lunch or dinner spread.<p><b>1. Broiled Feta with Garlicky Cherry Tomatoes & Capers</b><p>Transform an ordinary block of …

Feta
University of Sheffield

We all have A Blue Mind: Science Explains How Staying Near Water Can Change Our Brains

Have you ever felt at peace when you’re walking by the ocean? A sense of rejuvenation when you stand by a waterfall? How about taking in the view of …

Photographing a Superpod of Sperm Whales

It’s a two-day party for these underwater giants.<p>Members of an enormous social gathering of hundreds of sperm whales, which spread across many square …

University of Michigan

Why Every Leader Should Understand Narrative Psychology

Last week, we explored the four behaviors that serve as the foundation for next-level leadership. These behaviors – which I refer to as the …

Psychology

Can reading fiction literally change your mind?

If you are committed to the pleasures of reading you may be pleased to discover that there is evidence to suggest that reading fiction is good for …

FACT CHECK: Brandenn Bremmer Suicide

CLAIM<p>Young prodigy Brandenn Bremmer achieved a number of successes before taking his own life at age14 so that he could donate his organs to …

New York Times

Going Against the Tide: Teaching Children Not To Hate

A client tells me that she does not know how to talk to her children about right and wrong anymore. "There's so much hatred. People are so sure that …

Game of Thrones

Excerpt

<b>Buried pleasure</b><p><b>Like an iceberg, the full structure of the clitoris lies mostly below the skin’s surface. This scientific discovery in 2009 was a giant leap for womankind, but as Sarah Barmak writes in her new book, also a unsettling reminder of how little effort society has made to understand a</b> …

Female Genital Mutilation

Indian rapper targets US chemical giant in bid for damages

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian rapper is targeting Dow Chemical with rhymes — demanding the U.S. company pay more in victims' compensation and environmental damages stemming from a horrific chemical gas leak that killed thousands of people and sickened countless others.<p>Sofia Ashraf debuted "Dow vs. …

Tamil Nadu

MEMO: Tony Blair tells George W Bush they can create 'post-cold war world order' in 2003 note

Among them is an 11-page note from the former Labour Prime Minister to Bush setting out his vision to create a "true post-cold war world order" with Bush. The memo was sent in March 2003, 6 days after the invasion of Iraq.<p>Blair comes across as a House of Cards-style political chess player …

Geopolitics

When red evokes mischief

A new study shows that the color red may tempt certain personality types to rebel against expectations rather than comply.

Influence of U.S. Evangelicals Is Seen In Epidemic of LGBT Murders In Brazil

July 8, 2016 by Terry Firma<p>Brazil has long viewed and sold itself as a playground for sultry, steamy sexy-time, as well a haven of tolerance. And it …

Brazil

A Short History Of Your Clitoris

There are some things most of us know about the clitoris besides the location: it's super sensitive and for most women (some studies argue 75 per …

Atlantic Canada Camping: 22 Gorgeous Sites In Nova Scotia, New Brunswick And More

There’s at least one good thing about the low state of the loonie: it means that this summer is the perfect time to explore more of Canada. There are …

Canada

What It's Like to Be an Empath

If you feel the Earth's pain before an earthquake or have a panic attack because someone near you is anxious, you might be an empath too.<p>If you search for any article about "empaths," you'll find it has thousands of likes and hundreds of shares on Facebook, and in the comments, dozens of people …

Mental Health